Farewell to Eberl and Hütter: Gladbach is so rotten – Sport

When coach Adi Hütter told Borussia Mönchengladbach footballers in the locker room shortly after the season’s final match that he stopped after just one season, they got up and clapped. You can interpret it one way or another. Hütter interpreted it as an “emotional moment that I like to take with me”.

There was little reason for “standing ovations,” as Hütter called the team’s reaction, during the season. Gladbach finishes the worst round in eleven years and looks different at the end of the season than at the beginning – like a beaten boxer.

That Gladbach paid 7.5 million euros to Eintracht Frankfurt for Hütter a year ago and the money is now gone no longer matters. The club has lost more than money within twelve months: the connection to the top teams, sympathy among its own fans – and a certain status in the industry, which became clear when Borussia canceled two requested (unnamed) sporting directors in February, after manager Max Eberl resigned . That there is no short-term perspective in Mönchengladbach may have influenced Eberl’s resignation as well as Hütter’s farewell.

When boxer Gladbach was not beaten up a year ago but dreamed of noble goals, manager Eberl and new coach Hütter agreed on the necessary changes in the squad. Central defender Matthias Ginter recently revealed that he was then told he would sell him. It disappointed him. His relationship with coach Hütter seemed to be disrupted from the start.

Big moments like the 5-0 cup victory against FC Bayern can not change the bad record

On Saturday, in the last game of the season against Hoffenheim (5: 1), Ginter was banished to the bench in his farewell match after five years with Gladbach. It was a slap in the face. He was subjected to humiliating whistle from the fans when he came on the field as a substitute with ten minutes left. Just dealing with him gives an idea of ​​how little harmony there must have been in the troupe.

Replaced ten minutes before the end, whistled by the fans: Just trading with Matthias Ginter (in the middle) gives an idea of ​​how little harmony there must have been in the squad.

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“It was not easy from day one,” says Hütter in retrospect: “The conversations then with Max Eberl were also about changing the squad and getting fresh blood into it; but many things did not work, many things did not come up.”

The squad, which was almost collectively shocked in the season before last under coach Marco Rose, held together against the plan and failed to develop new strength under Hütter. Sternstunden, like the 5-0 cup victory against Bayern Munich and the 2-1 victory at the start of the second half of the season in Munich, could not change that. Two 6-0 defeats against Freiburg and in Dortmund have revealed how rotten Gladbach has become. “The bitter defeats hurt me, it really could not be with this team,” Hütter recapitulates. “After the defeat in Stuttgart,” he says of the slide to the abyss in the table on match day 25, “the situation was very unpleasant”.

The highlight of the failed season was Eberl’s resignation at the end of January

He apologized to fans on Saturday: “I’m sorry we could not live up to expectations.” In the direction of the club, he said, “I do not want to stand in the way of anyone.” The separation is certainly not harmonious, but still friendly.

The highlight of the failed season was Eberl’s resignation at the end of January. The manager was the glue in the club, was Hütter’s advocate and was also important to the players. “The situation with Max Eberl hit me, no doubt,” says Hütter. Suddenly he had almost no ally in the club. His last sentence to those in charge of the club was meaningful: “Thank you for the respectful interaction; It was not easy for Roland Virkus either.” It sounded like a polite paraphrase of an irreparable relationship with Eberl’s successor.

Gladbach will continue to change after the recent metamorphosis. The new coach – a returning Lucien Favre or Daniel Farke is under discussion – has to put together a new team. Relevant players like Yann Sommer, Jonas Hofmann, Alassane Pléa, Marcus Thuram and Ramy Bensebaini risk leaving. Funds for established professionals are only available to a limited extent. Gladbach is facing a complete renewal. Favre showed eleven years ago that he can do it.

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